The 10 best things to do when the sun goes down in Toronto this month

Summer may be ending, but with the dreaded earlier sunset comes an exciting perk of living in this city — the nightlife. September is when Toronto comes alive with arts, culture, fascinating food experiences and pop-ups and plenty of other cool things to do when the sun and temperature goes down. From sunset yoga to pickleball parties, here are the best ways to make the most of your nights this season in Toronto.

Fire it up

Trillium Park 

This little slice of summertime heaven in Toronto is still open and boasts a very large firepit, ideal for spending a warm summer night with friends. Trillium Park, part of Ontario Place, boasts one of the largest firepits in Toronto, offering a picturesque setting with breathtaking views of the sunset and the iconic Toronto skyline. 

Christie Pits

Christie Pits’s firepit enhances the park’s offerings. It’s a place where you can gather around, enjoy the crackling flames and create lasting memories. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, sharing stories with friends or simply basking in the cosy ambience, the firepit at Christie Pits is a must-visit spot. It provides a perfect setting for year-round enjoyment, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a warm and inviting outdoor experience.

Nighttime activities 

Immerse yourself

Experience the highly popular Strangest Thing Experience at H20 Float Studio in Toronto’s Distillery District. Open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, couples or singles can immerse themselves in the deep red hue of crimson waters while drifting to an ’80s nostalgic soundtrack, unlocking your creative power and transporting you to a new realm. Are you ready to explore the unknown and unleash your creativity?


Sunset yoga

Wind down while the sun sets with a sunset yoga experience you won’t forget! On Aug. 31, Club Well in King
City is hosting a rooftop sunset yoga event at ACE Performance Gym. You’ll get to salute the sunset as part of this women’s only experience, which begins with a core Pilates workout and ends with a relaxing yoga session.

Glow-in-the-dark paddling

Light up the night after the sun sets, rent an illuminated kayak from Toronto Kayaks, and paddle along Woodbine Beach for some stunning skyline views. The kayak-canoe hybrids are transparent and lit up with rainbow LED lights, so you can spot some fish swimming below you as you go — plus, you can hook up your phone to the Bluetooth speaker for a little paddle party.  

Rooftop roller skating

A rooftop roller skating pop-up by Suso Skate Co. opened at Shops at Don Mills and is running until Sept. 3. From Wednesday to Friday, the pop-up stays open until 9 p.m., making it the perfect evening adventure. Suso often hosts themed events, such as Neon Nineties and Sunset Soundtrack, so be sure to dress accordingly!

Pickleball party

Embrace the fastest growing sport in North America at the very cool and lively stackt market. Fairgrounds operates courts right at the market, which are open until 9 p.m. for your dinking pleasure. There is an ongoing social pickleball evening on Tuesdays, as well as happy hour beer specials.

Pool bars

KŌST at Bisha Hotel

Perched 44 stories above Toronto’s entertainment district, Kōst offers an infinity pool with sweeping views and a trendy atmosphere. Enjoy modern Californian and contemporary Asian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a range of traditional and à la mode cocktails during the daily happy hour from 3 to 5 pm.

Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel Toronto

Exuding elegance and charm, Harriet’s Rooftop Bar at 1 Hotel Toronto provides expansive city views and a luxurious pool deck. Dive in or unwind from 12 to 11 p.m. daily, and enjoy expertly crafted cocktails until close.


Experience a day-to-night poolside extravaganza at Lavelle, located 16 stories above the city. This landmark venue offers unobstructed 360° views of Toronto’s skyline, private cabanas and three pools. Savour contemporary Latin and Japanese cuisine while refreshing cocktails quench your thirst.

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